Finishing the Job

The Premier Men and Championship sides complemented their first day efforts by winning their respective matches outright before lunch time on the 2nd day of their matches on Saturday. Tom Agnew completed a golden match for him taking a further two wickets to produce a match tally of 11-56.

Unfortunately the other three top teams struggled with the Prem Woman experiencing a hick up in their recent good form when they went down to a strong Lancaster Park side at Garrick Park, and both the Division 1 & 2 sides were well short in their respective matches as well.

It was a struggle for many of the afternoon grades as well with the Cavalier Cardinals and All Stars being the only teams to get wins (the latter unfortunately against the Sydenham Tamils), but there were loses to the other six sides including both President teams, and the two other womens sides below Premiers.

However, the Youth section had mixed result but the First XI had a good win over Shirley Boys High at Burwood on the back of skipper Daniel Watt’s 5-30. The other notable performance was Murphy McMillan’s 5/26 and 53 with the bat in the Year 10’s loss to North West.

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The match at Heathcote Domain started the day with Heathcote in much trouble being a mere eight runs ahead in their 2nd innings with only four wickets left in hand. The wicket looked to be a good one but the real damage had already been done of the first day, mostly by Tom Agnew’s 9-22, and so it was always going to be an uphill struggle for Heathcote to get back into the match, as so it turned out to be.

It was a difficult situation for the Heathcote batsmen where, with rain not predicted until the early evening, it was impractical to consider batting out the day, but conversely they needed some caution as they tried to accumulate enough runs to set some sort of target for Sydenham.

Toby Mowatt
Toby Mowatt took the final wicket to finish the Heathcote innings

But the day first started with applause from both teams and spectators as they acknowledged Dave Stuthridge’s great contribution to the game in a week where has stood in his 500th match in a long umpiring career following the finish of his playing days – I’m sure we’ll see many more from Dave before he’s finished this time.

Adi Edekar
Adi Edekar always elegant in his stroke making

When the match started it was then no surprise to see the first and second wickets of the day fall to Tom Agnew. It has been his match to remember with those two further wickets taking his match tally to an envious 11-56. Mitchell Gardner picked up the next one to also give him a commendable 5-41, and when Toby Mowatt picked up the 4th and last wicket of Mohit Marya, who had doggedly hung in there for 22 off 76 balls, Heathcote were all out for 145.

Matt McCall
Matt McCall during his innings of 27*

That set a modest target of 48 for the Sydenham batsmen but there was some early excitement for Heathcote when they picked up opener Nathanael Paltridge in the first over when he was unlucky out caught behind strangled down leg side. However, the innings proceeded reasonably comfortable from there. Adi Edekar looked increasing assured in his stay at the crease for 20*, and Matt McCall, despite surviving an early chance to slip, likewise looked well in control towards the end of his inning of 27* as the side completed the job required, finishing at 51-1

Tom Agnew
The team acknowledgment of Tom Agnew’s match winning 11-56 in the match

The win leaves Sydenham in 2nd place in the competition with the last round of 2-day cricket before Christmas starting next week with our first home game against St Albans at Sydenham.

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The Birdwood Premier Women

The Prem Women were tasked with the difficult assignment of overcoming the unbeaten competition leader Lancaster Park on their home pitch at Garrick. Sydenham’s decision to ask Park to bat first appeared to pay early dividends when they picked up the dangerous Frankie McKay cheaply who had scored a century in the two sides first meeting, but Park batted solidly from there. They were quickly 110-1 at better than 5’s, and passed 200 only four down before eventually finishing on 236-6 in their 44 overs. For Sydenham a couple of wickets apiece to Jenna Waghorn [8-2-34] and Gina Aldersley [8-2-41], but generally a tough day for the bowlers where most went for 5’s & 6’s.

Sydenham then never got the good start they needed to be in contention in the match when they found themselves 16-2 with nearly 10 overs gone. There were contributions from Casey Liddington (25), Lucy Boucher (22), Amelia Tainui (15), Jenna Waghorn (12) and Rachel Davidson (10*) but none at run rates that were ever going to enable a challenge of the Park total. The side eventually finished at 129-9, 107 runs short. A tough match yes, but one where Sydenham reportedly clearly under-performed their capabilities which should be a concern

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Runacres Insurance Championship

The second day of Championship match on Sydenham 1 was a very short-lived affair. Sydenham were in a very strong position against Lancaster Park who, batting in their 2nd innings, were still 64 runs behind on the first innings with only four wickets left in hand.

Sydenham emulated their Premier team by then proceeding to close out the match in a very professional manner when Connor Williams [12-1-1] took the 7th wicket early, and then Charlie Finnie picked up a couple to finish with 3-18. Hamish Robertson picked up the final wicket to bowl Park out for 69 runs and earn maximum points for his side. The win enabled Sydenham to retain their lead at the top of the Championship table .

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Division 1

Sydenham took on competition leaders East Shirley on Sydenham 2, lost the toss and then watched as Easts put on 266-9 to set a testing total. There was some early success for Sydenham when they had Easts 28-2, and then 61-3 when they sneered the dangerous Bradley Entwistle for just 4 runs. However the Easts middle order fired and Sydenham could not pull the innings back. Best of the Sydenham bowlers were skipper Gaurav Dudeja [10-2-32], Sahan Perera [10-2-60] and Marty Crook [6-2-41]

Gaurav Dudeja
Gaurav Dudeja on Syd 2

Chasing 267 is always a chance on Sydenham 2 but the side was set back when they lost the two experienced openers in Dudeja and Perera with the score at 27. AB Bandura played well for his 20, but the rest of the Sydenham order came, got small starts, but weren’t able to push on as the required run rate rose, the side eventually bowled out for 93.

Div 1 Crowd
Div1 may have failed to win but the crowd support from their fellow club mates was top class due to the early finishes in the Prem & Championship matches.

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Division 2

Equally Sydenham took a bit of a caning in Div 2 as well when we took on Hornby at Denton Park. Sydenham won the toss and asked Hornby to bat first, and were well in the match when they had them 58-4. However from there a century from the Hornby no. 5 Ravenscroft saw a strong Hornby recovery that took them through to a score of 250-9. James Simpson with 3-54, and Vivek Vij with 3-31 were the best of the wicket takers, with the rest going to Paddy Wickes (2-45) and Jono Bennett (1-33).

The Sydenham reply lost wickets early to be 14-2, was pulled around a little by Jono Bennett’s 36 off 41 balls, but no one really settled at the crease after that apart for a cameo 18 runs off 9 balls by Ankush Khurana. The side was eventually bowled out for 107, well short of the 251 target

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Division 3 Goats - LOST

The Goats put in a good effort against Sumner at Barnett Park but remain still looking for their first win (and a couple more full time players). Sydenham lost both openers cheaply after Sumner won the toss and elected to bowl. The reliable Ollie Philpott (59) and Andrew Douglas (34) staged a good recovery but when those two were gone the rest of the batsmen failed to add much to the total as the side was bowled out for 148 in the 40th over.

The Sumner innings lost wickets regularly but generally remained on track to get through to the Goats total at 149-6 in the 31st over. Wickets went to Andrew Douglas (2-24), Braedon Gurden (2-38) and Ollie Philpott (1-23)

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Division 6 All Stars – WON
Division 6 Tamils - LOST

The local Div 6 derby match on Bradford Park saw a comprehensive win to the All Stars thanks to some solid top order batting and good bowling by the skipper. The All Stars won the toss, asked the Tamils to bat, and then did the job with the ball. Despite a 33 from David Jayapaul, and a 35 from the no. 10 Mohanasundaram, the All Stars generally kept the Tamil innings in check, bowling them out for 124 in the 36th over.

In reply the All Stars lost an early wicket but then the no.2 & 3’s George Kenny (48) and Gourav Saini (49*) batted their way through to a comfortable victory at 127-2.

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Cavaliers Cardinals – WON

The Cardinals took on Southern Districts on Beckenham Park and won at a canter when they rolled the opposition for 33 and chased down that total for the loss of just one wicket. For Sydenham, wickets went to Brad Moore ( 2-3), Luke Woolf (2-8) and James Gallagher (2-13) and with the bat, the main contribution came from Scott Alexander with 26*.

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Presidents Cardinals – LOST

The unbeaten Cardinals took on old foes East Shirley Gold on Sydenham 1 after being transferred across from Sydenham 3 when the Championship side closed out their match on that wicket before 1pm. Sydenham batted first, and although losing Paul Matthews early, looked to be going along well when fellow opener Anthony Wild was compiling his 39. However when Wildy was out, only Dave Hardy (34) and Brendon Winder (22) really followed on the effort as the side was bowled out for 158.

Ralphy Winder
Ralphy Winder pulls to the legside on his return to Sydenham Park after an absence of 3 years from the team

On Sydenham 1 that score felt a little short, and so it proved to be as, after a slow start, Easts coasted home for the loss of only three wickets inside 30 overs.

Julien van Dyk
Julien van Dyk’s initially elegant legside play deteriorated as his inning progressed

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Hospital - LOST

Hospital’s match against one of league frontrunners BWU started badly when they found themselves doubled booked on Centennial Park 1, improved when they joined the musical chairs on Sydenham Park and found themselves on No. 3, then fell apart as BWU had a comfortable victory over them.

Tony Danenberg
Tony Danenberg topped scored for Hospital with 33.

Winning the toss and batting first, runs to Nathan Crowe (22), Tim Subbaby (21), Tony Danenberg (33) and Kelum Mendis (22) were only enough to get Hospital through to 141 all out. That total felt well short against a good side like BWU on the small bounarie son Syd3, and so it proved to be as Burnside knocked off the runs for the loss of just two wickets in 26 overs. Wickets went to Frank Walsh [4-1-19] and Kelum Mendis [8-1-36].

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Sydenham Stars Div1 Women – LOST

The Div1 women played Lancaster Park on Centennial Park, and like their Prem team, came up well short. They did well to contain Park when they bowled the side out for 141, the main wicket taker being Rosie Pentecost  [7-2-17]. Darcy Rose Prasad’s 18 got Sydenham off to a start in reply, but with the only other scores coming from Caitlyn Davidson (13), Madeleine Iro (12) and Dakoda Potter (10) the side fell well short at 72-8

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Women Youth Stars – LOST

The Youth Women played OBC on Sydenham Park 3. Bowling first Sydenham took regular wickets early on and had the opposition in trouble at 52 for 5 before OBC rebuilt the innings and scored 216 for 5 in their 30 overs. Keira Loose had 3 wickets for just 5 runs early on with Scarlett Amos and Scarlett Ord also picking up early wickets.

In reply we failed to build any meaningful partnerships with wickets regularly tumbling to be all out for 50 (7 wickets) in the 12th over. Maddie Iro looked comfortable at the crease before she was unfortunately run out for 15 and Millie Rule also looked the part in reaching double figures before succumbing.

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First XI – WON

The First XI met the SBHS First XI on Burwood 2. First impressions of the ground were that the usual high scores could be predicted given the short roadside boundaries and short grass. Winning the toss, the visiting skipper Daniel Watt decided to have a bowl.

Daniel’s decision proved a wise one to make and opening the bowling he proceeded to remove the top SBHS with 42 on the board and one of their dangerous openers out. Despite some tight middle order bowling, anything edged flew to the boundary and the fourth wicket partnership took the score through to 124-4. Daniel brought himself back on and took out two middle order players to have match figures of 10-2-30-5 and was supported nicely by Zack Howe’s 10-0-23-3. SBHS out for 177.

Daniel Watt
Daniel Watt 10-2-30-5

SBHS didn’t help themselves by sending down 35 wides when trying to defend their score, many of them in the first few overs and the openers Rhys Thyne 28 and Dallas Crowe 44 put on 53 before Rhys departed. Doing well with the bat also Daniel Watt (38) and Dallas took the score through to 137 before both were out within a couple of overs of each other. A couple of other wickets say the visitors get nervous and the home team excitable however Toby Hull (14*) and Sam Coughlan (14*) won the match for the visitors with 3 wickets and 3.3 overs to go.

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Year 10 Colts – DAY 1

The Year 10 Colts met a St Bedes team at Cashmere High on Day 12 of their 2 day game.

Full report to follow next week unless the rain gods intervene which based on the current score card, the Colts may be wishing for.

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T20 – WON

The T20 team had their fourth win of the term, unfortunately it was the third time they’ve won by default with the opposition team pulling out very late on Friday.

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Year 10 – LOST

Sydenham turned out with ten players on a fine afternoon on the Polo Grounds against a full NorthWest team. NorthWest were off to a flying start before the Year 10s found their form and started picking them off in the latter half of the innings. Exceptional bowling by Murphy McMillan 5 wickets (8-3-26-5). Also notable was 4 superb catches from keeper Michael Wells, including 3 in one over. Two wickets from Callum Wright and great catches from Aditya Tiwary and Bill Johnston saw NorthWest finished out for 249/9 with 2 balls to spare.

Murphy McMillan
Murphy McMillan 5/26 and 53 with the bat.

Sydenham’s batting was off to a slower start before Murphy McMillan found his form with a well deserved 53, and Logan Yates 26, Billy Johnston 17 and Jack Weller on 15. Several other players started well but were cut short too soon. Great so see our new player Aditya hitting out for a solid 9 not out.

Sydenham finished up with a loss on 166/9 - but never gave up - indicating a team that is working well together.

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Year 9A – WON

The 9As bated first against NorthWest at Papanui High School and put together a competitive total of 239/9 from the 35 overs. Freddie Winsor top scored with 52 from 60 balls. NorthWest were then restricted to 149/9 from their overs for a comfortable victory. Griffen Buchanan bowled well taking 5-1-10-3.

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Year 9B – LOST

The 9Bs meet a strong St Thomas side on the Polo Grounds. Batting first, St Thomas amassed 313/9 off their 35 overs. Jacob Baughan picked up 3 wickets for the 9Bs. Into bat partnerships proved hard to put together and the 9Bs were dismissed for 94 off 20 overs.

It’s a tough time for the 9Bs at the moment as they have lost a few players since term 4 cricket resumed. If anyone is aware of available Year 9s please let Fergus Smmith know.

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